Retired Staff
Apr 8, 2009
All assigned numbers: L241


Common Names: Galaxy Pleco, Vampire Pleco, Tusken Pleco

Location: Venezuela: Amazonas, upper Rio Orinoco



Just like many other pleco species overall relatively peaceful, although somewhat territorial. Can be aggressive to its own kind or similar-looking fish when the fish are living in cramped conditions.

Sexing and Breeding:
Males have a longer slender body and longer/broader head profile. Males also develop ondontodes around the edge of the snout whereas females don't.

A close look at the teeth of this pleco reveals we're dealing with a carnivore. Meaty foods like shrimp, krill, mussels, pieces of fish, blood worms, mosquito larvae, sinking carnivore wafers etc. are readily accepted. Once acclimatized, this species will also eat algae/bottom dwellers tablets and possibly even fresh vegetables.

Water parameters:
Temp 25-29c PH 5.5-7.5
A tank with dimmed lights and a good amount of hiding places (plants, drift wood, rocks, artificial caves) is ideal for this beautifully patterned medium-sized catfish. A young specimen can temporarily be kept in a relatively small tank: when it's the only catfish in the tank, a 32x14" (80x35cm.) tank is enough, when kept with more bottom dwellers you need at least a 40x16" (100x40cm.) tank. Mature adults require a larger tank: at least 40x16" (100x40cm.) for a single specimen, and at least an 48x20" (120x50cm.) tank for a small group of these pleco's. This fish requires plenty of personal space, as they can be very territorial, especially towards its own kind and similar looking bottom dwellers, and with their sharp teeth they are capable of inflicting serious injuries.
The Galaxy pleco does best in soft, slightly acidic to neutral water (pH 6.0-7.0), heavy oxygenation and a lot of currents. A powerful filtration system is required, as this fish produces a lot of waste due to its high-protein diet.

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Water parameters info from www.piranha-info.com